15 Nov 2017 - Talk for the Taunton Literary Festival Dawn Westcott will be giving a talk about Exmoor ponies and her best-selling books for the Taunton Literary Festival. 6.30pm at Brendon Books. Tickets from Brendon Books www.brendonbooks.co.uk (Taunton)
8 Nov 2017 - Talk Exmoor Ponies & Their Future Dawn Westcott is giving a talk on Exmoor Ponies & Their Future for the West Somerset National Trust on 8 Nov. 2.30pm at the Sacred Heart Church in Minehead. Advance booking only. Tickets available from email@example.com
Thurs 28 Sept 2017- Talk at Appledore Book Festival Dawn Westcott will be giving a talk about Exmoor ponies and her best-selling books, followed by a book signing, on 28 Sept from 2-3pm during the Appledore Book Festival. More details soon.
Wed 6 Sept: Exmoor Walk with Monsieur Chapeau Tomorrow! Wed 6 Sept - Join a Walk on Exmoor with Exmoor ponies from 12 noon - 4pm :) Exmoor National Park's Conservation Manager, Rob Wilson-North, and Exmoor ponies Monsieur Chapeau and Monty, are travelling back in time past the source of the River Exe and down into the beautiful Hoaroak Valley to seek out the traces of Irish labourers, Scottish shepherds and a more ancient past stretching back 6000 years. Bring a packed lunch and expect the walk to last around 4 hours. The walk is over roughish moorland and is graded moderate to strenuous, so please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Start in the layby at Prayway Head on the B3223 about 2 kilometres north of Simonsbath (SS 7674 4103). Free of charge, donations welcome. Please contact: Elaine Woodcock at ENPA to let her know you are coming along - on 01398 322231 or EWoodcock@Exmoor-NationalPark.gov.uk.
Society of Equestrian Artists visit Holt Ball As part of their Porlock Residential Week, the Society of Equestrian Artists visit Holtball Herd 11 and the Exmoor Pony Project on Mon 5 June, to study good Exmoor pony conformation, equine body language, expressions and interactions.
Exmoor Ponies Talk for WI Minehead I really enjoyed giving a talk about Exmoor ponies to the WI at Minehead on 13 January 2017.
Exmoor Christmas Market at Tesco's Minehead We'll be at the Exmoor Christmas Market with Exmoor Pony Project ponies (meet Monsieur Chapeau!) & book signing for Wild Pony Whispering & Wild Stallion Whispering. Next Wed 14 Dec at Tesco's Minehead. Christmas shopping, local produce, Carol singing, Santa and a band! 11am - 7pm. :)
11 Nov 2016- As part of the Taunton Literary Festival, I'll be giving a Wild Pony Whispering Exmoor Ponytalk with a book signing for Wild Pony Whispering and Wild Stallion Whispering at Brendon Books in Taunton from 6.30pm to 8pm. Tickets are available at this link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EHHGIG
Sat 8th Oct - 2pm - Not So Shabby Shop, Bideford, Devon - I'm excited to be opening Melanie Maddocks great new shop, with a Wild Stallion Whispering & Wild Pony Whispering book signing. Bideford, EX39 2DR. Check out the Not So Shabby Shop Bideford Facebook group.
Thur 6 Oct - Horse of The Year Show (HOYS)- An exciting day planned at HOYS! I'll be doing book signings for Wild Pony Whispering and Wild Stallion Whispering on the Equestrian Bookfair stand. Times to be confirmed.
Mon 12 Sept - The Voice FM (North Devon)- joining Olli Tooleyand Simon Dawson'sshow at 7pm - 8pm as their guest author on Book Club.
Wed 31 Aug 2016 -I'll be giving an Exmoor Pony Talkfor the Heritage Exmoor Pony Festivalat the Exmoor National Park Authority Centre in Dulverton. There will also be a book signing for Wild Stallion Whispering and Wild Pony Whispering. To book a place please call the Exmoor National Park Centre on 01398 323841. Entry is free. Tea and coffee available. This is the final Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival event for this year. Look forward to seeing you there :)
Fri 27 May 2016 - Exmoor Ponies & Their Future Talkto Minehead Gardening Club. A brilliant evening - lovely people!
Saturday 7 May 2016 -I'll be in the Equestrian Bookfairstand at Badminton Horse Trialsfor a book signingof Wild Pony Whisperingat 1pm and 4pm.Please do come and say hello if you're there. We will also have advance info for forthcoming Wild Stallion Whisperingavailable at Badminton.
Wednesday 9 Dec 2015: 'Exmoor Ponies & Their Future' Talk & Wild Pony Whispering Book Signingat Brendon Booksin Taunton - late afternoon/early evening.
Sat 5th & Sun 6th December - WESTCOUNTRY EQUINE FAIR
Come and see us on our stand representing the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG), Exmoor Pony Club, Moorland Exmoor Foal Project- and of course, Wild Pony Whispering! Dawn Westcottwill be doing Book Signingson both Saturday and Sunday. There is a host of attractions at this year's Fair including Sir Mark Todd, as well as the awesome shopping village!
The Westcountry Equine Fairtakes place at Westpoint, Exeter, Devon. More info and how to purchase tickets at www.westcountryequinefair.co.uk.
26 Nov 2015: A Wild Pony Whispering at Mole Valley Farmers, 5pm-7pm - South Moltonstore, Devon
SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2015: A WILD PONY WHISPERING BOOK READING & Book Signingat The Exmoor Marketevent at The Beach Hotel, Minehead, Exmoor National Park.
The Exmoor Marketopens at 10am and runs all day. Dawn Westcott's Wild Pony Whispering Book Reading & Book signingswill take place at 12noonand 3pmand there will be a Wild Pony Whispering and Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group stand at the event with books available for sale.
This event is being organised by www.Exmoor4all.com
THE EXMOOR PONIES & THEIR FUTURE TALK - Please email DawnWestcott@hotmail.com if you would like to discuss hosting this progressive talk which offers fascinating insights into the situation facing Exmoor ponies in Exmoor National Park today.
EVENTS WHICH HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE:-
AN EVENING TALK & BOOK SIGNING on Thursday 8 th October at Lynmouth Pavilion, Lymouth, Exmoor National Park. Starts at 7pm. Entry is free. 'Exmoor Ponies & Their Future' with Dawn Westcott - author of ‘Wild Pony Whispering’ and co-founder of the Moorland Exmoor Foal ProjectA look at the fascinating, enigmatic Exmoor ponies and what's being done to safeguard the future of the free-living Moorland herds. Why are they so important and what is threatening their very existence? How a pioneering group of Exmoor farmers and land owners (including the owners of some of the oldest and largest free-living pony herds) are collaborating to embrace the latest DNA genomic advancements and preserve the vitally important Purebred as well as Pedigree genetics. How we're learning to socialise, handle and tame the semi-feral foals using kinder and more understanding horsemanship techniques that are resulting in more trusting and confident Exmoor ponies - who can make the successful transition from the moors to good homes.
Dawn is the author of 'Wild Pony Whispering' (out in hardback in September - Halsgrove) which tells the real-life story of how an orphaned Exmoor foal Monsieur Chapeaushowed us how to understand and tame the wild ponies of Exmoor. Dawn will be signing copiesof newly published ‘Wild Pony Whispering’ book signing (Available now £14.99 - Halsgrove Publishing) To book your place (free) please call Lymouth Pavilion on 01598 751065. Evening Talks at Lynmouth Pavi lion,Exmoor National Park Authority, Lynmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Lynmouth, Devon. EX35 6EQ.Tel: 01598 751065. The Lynmouth Pavilion Project is Heritage Lottery funded.